YouTube Red Launches In The U.S.

A week after it’s announcement YouTube Red is officially released in the U.S.

Last week YouTube announced their new subscription service YouTube Red with which subscribers can watch YouTube videos without adverts, save offline videos and play videos in the background of devices. YouTube Red is now live for viewers in the U.S.

YouTube Red is the first ever subscription service to come to YouTube marking a shift from it’s ten year strong ad-supported, free platform though YouTube Red isn’t a replacement and is rather an optional alternative. The majority of revenue earned through YouTube Red will still go to content creators.

Although this is the first YouTube Subscription to go live it’s not the first one YouTube had planned, as they released their music centric service YouTube Music Key last year. YouTube Music Key was released in beta and has since never left it, featuring similar features to YouTube Red however only for music content.

With the announcement of YouTube Red they also revealed their new Music app which, similar to their Gaming app, is an app just for music on YouTube and has been promoted as being an enhanced experience when used with a YouTube Red subscription.  Google Play Music is also packaged into a YouTube Red subscription, so subscribe to one and you will gain access to the other.

That’s not all YouTube have under their sleeve for their new membership program which, starting early next year, will feature original series and films exclusive to YouTube Red subscribers. So far YouTube have revealed the following content to be released next year:

  • Scare PewDiePie: In this reality-adventure series from the creator and executive producers of The Walking Dead at Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios, experience thrills, chills and laughter as PewDiePie encounters terrifying situations inspired by his favourite video games.
  • Sing It!: From Fine Brothers Entertainment and Mandeville Films comes Sing It!, a scripted comedy that lovingly satirizes the reality singing competitions that have become a centerpiece of pop culture.
  • Lazer Team: In this feature-length action-comedy from Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films, four small-town losers stumble upon an alien ship carrying a mysterious cargo, leading to a battle to save Earth from an all-powerful enemy.
  • A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans an extraordinary look inside the life of Lilly Singh as she embarks on a challenging 26-city global tour where she has to remember to practice what she preacher: happiness is the only thing worth fighting for.
  • Untitled Joey Graceffa project: In this all-new reality adventure series, Joey Graceffa brings together an ensemble of top YouTubers for a murder mystery they’ll never forget. They’ll form alliances to survive, but little do they know that most won’t make it out alive.
  • 360 Project from MatPat of Game Theory: YouTube educator and pop culture expert MatPat from The Game Theorists invites the audience to come along for the ride in an innovative new series and 360 VR experience. In each episode Matt explores the real-life science behind popular video games by throwing gamers into the high-stakes scenarios they play through every day, from water jetpacks to haunted pizzerias.
  • Single by 30: In this romantic drama series from Wong Fu Productions and New Form Digital, two high school best friends make a promise to get married if they’re still single at 30. A decade later, with 30 quickly approaching , their attempt at upholding their vow unfolds in unexpected ways. Starring Harry Shum, Jr. and Kina Grannis.
  • Untitled CollegeHumor project: Written by and starring the cast of CollegeHumor, along with special guests, this new anthology series will take a dark and comedic look at the absurdity of Internet culture.
  • Fight of the Living Dead: In an unprecedented social experiment reality show from Alpine Labs, Fight of the Living Dead takes popular YouTube talent and traps them in a frighteningly realistic zombie apocalypse. They must use their instincts and gaming skills to survive as they battle the elements for the ultimate prize of survival.
  • I Am Tobuscus: From the mind of Toby Turner, this scripted comedy explores the world of a self-involved YouTube creator pursuing bigger stardom. The show features original music, and satirises the hilarious details of being an eccentric, new-age celebrity.

A YouTube Red subscription will cost $9.99 a month. Anyone in the U.S. can try a free 30-day trial now by going to

YouTube Music Hands On Video Review

Watch a hands on video review with YouTube music from The Verge

With the announcement of YouTube’s new subscription service, YouTube Red, also came the reveal of their new app YouTube Music.

YouTube Music is designed to be a hub for all of YouTube’s rich catalog of music with music discovery a prime focus. YouTube Music is also enhanced by YouTube Red so you can listen in the background on mobile and save music and videos for offline viewing.

Introducing YouTube Red – YouTube’s First Subscription Service

YouTube have revealed their paid offering that lets you watch videos without ads.

After months of rumours YouTube are releasing the first ever subscription service for the worlds most popular video hosting site. The new YouTube Red membership will let users watch videos ad-free for a monthly subscription charge.

For $9.99 a month with YouTube Red you will also get to save videos and music for offline viewing, something requested by users for years.In addition you can play videos in the background of your device whilst you’re browsing or using other apps.

One of the most interesting features of the YouTube Red reveal however is their promise that members will have access to ‘YouTube Red Original Series and Movies’ that will premiere in 2016. However there is currently very little revealed about the types of original content YouTube is planning.

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Today YouTube also show off their upcoming app YouTube Music which they say will be “amplified by a YouTube Red membership.” In their blog post they say: “YouTube Music is designed to make discovering, watching and listening to music easier than ever. Any song or artist you choose on YouTube Music will start you on a personal journey through one of the richest music catalogs; just sign in, tap a track you love, and see where your music takes you.”

YouTube say that they have been told by fans for years that they wanted “more choice when watching their favourite content.” In response YouTube have created dedicated apps, starting with YouTube Kids and YouTube Gaming and now YouTube Music for music lovers and YouTube Red for enhanced viewing.

YouTube Red is going to be available in the US starting October 28 with plans for release in additional markets in the future. Users will be able to try it out for free with a one month free trial.

Any users with a Google Play Music subscription will get access to YouTube Red and vice-versa. They say the YouTube Music app will be coming soon.

Watch a hands on review of YouTube Red below:

Apple Launches Apple Music in China: Music Streaming Enters Uncharted Territory

Apple has announced they will be launching Apple Music, iTunes Movies & iBooks in China Today!

This is a very big move for Apple and the entire music streaming market in China, which is currently dominated by Netease Music (free music service with over 100 million users and growing fast).

Starting on September 30, music fans in China are invited to a three-month trial membership of Apple Music, after which a 10 RMB/month ($1.58 or £1.04 approx) subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just 15 RMB/month.

RouteNote Artists: If your music is already on Apple Music worldwide then it will be automatically available in Apple Music China.

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Should You Move From Zimbalam to RouteNote?

Zimbalam, the digital music distributor, has angered artists recently when parent company ‘Believe Digital’ bought TuneCore, a rival digital music distributor. Believe Digital’s steps to integrate the two have been controversial to say the least as they’re forcing Zimbalam artists to move to a service that charges yearly (Zimbalam didn’t) and making artists remove their releases from stores before Zimbalam do themselves, erasing reviews, ratings, play counts and removing artists from playlists.

If you were thinking of changing distributor we want to show you how easy it is to sign up to RouteNote and why you should.

At RouteNote we offer two models for distribution: Our free model and our premium model. Any user can choose which model they want to use and can switch between them at any time.

With our free model you can upload your music to us at no charge, decide what stores you want to put it on and you will receive 85% of the royalties

RouteNote’s premium model is for artists with established fanbases and allows user to upload their release at a charge (separate prices for single, EP, album and extended album as seen in table above) which users will then recieve 100% of royalties from with a yearly cost of $9.99.

RouteNote also has a large SoundCloud network with which you can monetise your tracks, upgrade to Pro-Unlimited accounts for free, keep 100% ownership and more. We also have a constantly expanding YouTube network which you can receive higher monetisation, video promotion, access to 450,000 RouteNote tracks and more.

RouteNote is also integrated with Landr, the audio mastering software, so you can choose to use their technology to master your tracks during upload for free (TuneCore charge $9.99 a track).

To sign up to RouteNote just go to and fill in your details. Once you have an account you can upload your releases to any and all of our store partners. It’s as easy as that.